University and colleges notebook: Barthel confident he can turn Cougars around

 OTTAWA – Greg Barthel, a member of Canada’s national junior program coaching staff, is confident his University of Regina Cougars men’s volleyball team will fool the pundits with a better than expected 2012-13 season.

The Cougars are picked to finish 12th and last in the coaches pre-season poll.  Barthel in his sixth season at the squad’s helm has higher expectations.

"We'll surprise some people," Barthel told the Leader-Post." I wouldn't say we're a last-place team. Other coaches don't see what I see. So yeah, we'll surprise guys.

UBC women vying for sixth national title

The University of British Columbia women’s volleyball team is vying for an unprecedented sixth consecutive national title this season.  They expect their toughest challenge yet this season with the top-four ranked teams in the country currently all from the Canada West Conference and seven western schools ranked in the top-15.

“There’s no way you can book your travel too early, because there’s going to be three Canada West teams going [to nationals] and there’s going to be a couple of other good Canada West teams not even there,” said 16-year UBC head coach Doug Reimer to the Ubyssey, the school’s student newspaper.  “It definitely snaps you into league focus immediately.”

The squad has lost some players from last season but national team members Shanice Marcelle and Lisa Barclay are back.  Marcelle was an all-Canadian last season and both were on the CIS National Championships all-star team.

Clement looks forward to facing Canada Full Time Training Centre team

For the second straight year, Canada’s Full Time Training Centre team will travel to Quebec City to face the Universite Laval Rouge et Or for an exhibition match on Friday November 9 at 8 p.m. following the women’s match between Laval and McGill.

“We can’t ask for better,” Clément told le Journal de Québec. ‘’Last year’s match was an important step on our road to the national championships and it was a great show for our fans.  We had told each other that we have to do it again.’’

The Canadian team took last year’s encounter in five sets.

This week’s CIS Top-10

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)

 

1. Trinity Western (3-1) / 45 points / (1)

2. UBC (3-1) / 42 / (2)

3. Alberta (2-2) / 39 / (3)

4. Manitoba (3-0) / 36 / (5)

5. Ottawa (5-0) / 32 / (6)

6. Laval (5-1) / 31 / (4)

7. Montreal (4-2) / 27 / (7)

8. Dalhousie (3-2) / 23 / (8)

9. York (4-0) / 19 / (9)

10. Sherbrooke (5-1) / 18 / (NR)

Next highest: Brandon (15), Calgary (12), Mount Royal (6.5), Ryerson (6.5), Queen’s (3).

 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

 

1. Alberta (4-0) / 270 points (27) / (1)

2. Trinity Western (3-1) / 229 (1) / (2)

T3. McMaster (3-0) / 204 / (3)

T3. Manitoba (3-0) / 204 / (4)

5. Laval (5-0) / 174 / (5)

6. UBC (1-3) / 124 / (7)

7. Brandon (3-1) / 122 / (6)

8. Saskatchewan (2-2) / 85 / (8)

9. Thompson Rivers (3-1) / 62 / (10)

10. Waterloo (3-0) / 20 / (NR)

More information: www.volleyball.ca, www.cis-sic.ca, www.ccaa.ca
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